Public outcry to bring monkey poisoner to justice
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Public outcry to bring monkey poisoner to justice

After more than a dozen monkeys were poisoned and left for dead, social media called in unison for the person responsible to be brought to justice. East Coast Breakfast caught up with Steve Smit, who is the co-founder of Monkey Helpline, to get his take on the ordeal.


Listen to the team chat to Steve Smit about the horrific ordeal, or read the details under the podcast. 

A cash reward of R40,000 is being offered to anyone who can come forward with information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) responsible for poisoning 22 monkeys in Umdloti over the weekend.

Animal activists, local companies, and restaurants have all pitched in to make a contribution towards the reward, in the hopes of bringing an end to what can only be deemed KZN’s most inhumane act of 2019. 

Read: Massive public support after monkeys poisoned in Umdloti

A troop of 22 monkeys were found poisoned at a home in the area, thirteen of which had died before help could arrive. The remaining nine monkeys are currently being treated at a veterinary clinic in Durban North. 

It’s alleged the animals had been poisoned with bread that had been laced with pesticides.

The surviving primates will be nursed back to full health, before being released back into a safe environment, which has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, a private investigator from the Coast to Coast Special & Private Investigations unit says that they’ve identified a suspect and witness relating to the incident, however more evidence is needed before an arrest can be made.

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